2018-02-12 / Front Page

50 out of 56

By SCOTT POWELL
Ledger Staff Writer

Bolstered by a strong graduation rate, Cherokee County School Board members gave superintendent Dr. Quincie Moore high marks for her job performance this year.

Moore received an overall exemplary or proficient rating in 50 of 56 areas scored by eight school trustees on her annual evaluation at the Jan. 8 meeting. Former school trustee Ron Garner resigned last October as the District 5 representative and did not evaluate the superintendent.

Moore received a one-year contract extension and will start her sixth year as Cherokee County superintendent in April. She is paid $152,310 and is under contract through June 30, 2021.

District attorney Andrea White released a summary of this year’s superintendent evaluation results late Thursday in response to a state Freedom of Information Act request filed by The Ledger.

“In the area of student achievement, the board congratulated Dr. Moore on the significant gain in the district’s graduation rate,” according to a consensus report signed by school board chairman J.J. Sarratt. “In 2017, the district’s graduation rate increased approximately 5 percent to an all-time high of 84.1 percent.”

Despite the higher graduation rate, Cherokee County schools did not meet a school board goal to exceed the state average on state tests by 2018.

Four school board members gave an “improvement needed” rating for student achievement on their 2018 evaluation. Just four of the eight trustees rated the district’s student achievement as acceptable.

This was the only area on the superintendent’s evaluation on which Moore did not receive exemplary and proficient marks from the majority of board members.

As part of The Ledger’s FOIA request, district attorneys released a copy of a consensus report developed as a result of the school board’s Jan. 8 executive session discussion about Moore’s evaluation.

“The board asked that Dr. Moore and the district’s instructional department continue to assess how the district can work to improve student test scores, particularly at those schools that have historically been low performing,” according to a statement released by the school board. “Both the board and Dr. Moore acknowledged that, while recent state test scores present a challenge, students across the district continue to make gains in reading and math as indicated by growth measured by district and state assessments.”

Under Moore’s direction, the district has received more than $1 million in grants over the past two years for new education programs designed to improve children’s school readiness, increase high school graduation rates, and provide students with more advanced instruction in math and science.

School trustees praised Moore for her leadership and school facilities management, with five board members giving the superintendent exemplary marks in these areas. Board members have asked the superintendent to continue to evaluate ways to make school campuses safer and secure.

“In the area of fiscal management, the board thanked Dr. Moore for her efforts in increasing the district’s fund balance by approximately $2.3 million for the 2017 fiscal year,” according to a statement released by the Cherokee County School Board. “Trustees asked that the administration continue to look for ways to prevent raising taxes while providing a quality education for students.”

The district will open a new B.D. Lee Elementary and a Institute of Innovation high school career center in August on the local Spartanburg Community College campus. Trustees approved a new Blacksburg High stadium and Gaffney High weight room last fall as additional projects in a $67.5 million district building program.

“We are pleased with the work Dr. Moore has done,” school board chairman J.J. Sarratt said. “We feel the school district is headed in the right direction. We are excited about the future.”

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